In this week’s edition, we continue to share some of the programs that we will use throughout the year.  The College is 3 years into its Deep Learning Journey and its benefits are starting to emerge in many different areas. For those new to Deep Learning, it can be described as an innovative strategy to implement our academic and wellbeing programs. Research shows Deep Learning is transforming learning across the globe. Through the“6 Cs”, we are changing the way we present our content with the end goal to develop the critical thinking skills of students so when they leave school they have the opportunity to secure further study or employment in an ever-changing world.

Up until now, we have had Deep Learning Projects where classes combined to problem solve and develop solutions to local and international issues. At the same time, class teachers have gradually implemented specific teaching strategies designed to strengthen student skills across the “6Cs”. This will continue to broaden in the coming years with more and more lessons being delivered under the Deep Learning banner. For more information on Deep Learning and the “6 Cs” please visit the College Website.

For the first time, the College has combined with the Sydney Chess Academy to implement a Chess program for Years 1 and 2. Each week the students participate in a chess lesson learning about the game and how to develop winning strategies. Chess has been persuasively linked with improving children’s concentration, problem-solving, critical, original and creative thinking – and even mathematical abilities. It aligns perfectly with our Deep Learning process. It is also said to help with memory storage and how young brains manage information. In addition to the lesson, students can also attend the beginners’ Chess Lunch Club on a Tuesday to practice their skills. Our older students are also encouraged to attend the more advanced Thursday Chess Club.  We look forward to developing more and more future chess champions!

This year the College will implement the Cars and Stars literacy program for Years 3 to 6. This well-researched program offers both a diagnostic and instructional framework that allows teachers to identify student’s strength and areas of development and then implement the program that meets their individual ability. We look forward to sharing student progress throughout the year.

Now, If there are four sheep, two dogs, and one herds-men, how many feet are there?
Welcome to the Weekly House Challenge, where each week, the Houses in Primary are presented with a new challenging problem to solve. The challenges include but are not limited to the likes of trivia, riddles, true or false, code breakers, and much more.

On Monday mornings, the house Prefects meet with Miss Tombs, who gives them the new week’s challenge. The Prefects place these challenge posters around the Primary school for all to see. When the students of any House believe they have solved the problem, they head to the submission boxes (located out the front of the learning enrichment room) and write what they believe to be the answer on the answer slip and pop it into the box, according to their House.

On Friday, at recess, the boxes are collected by the house captains. The house captains then count the entries, only giving points to the correct entries. The house that receives the greatest number of correct answers will be given first place, and so on. 1st place = 40 points, 2nd place = 30 points, 3rd place = 20 points and 4th place = 10 points.

The weekly house challenges so far have been a great success and we are looking forward to seeing what next week’s challenge might be!

Still haven’t solved the riddle, yet?
The answer is two. Sheep have hooves; dogs have paws; only people have feet!

Mark Durie
Head of Junior School